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Shandong Liaocheng
Shandong Liaocheng, the Land of Water

Liaocheng, located in the west of Shandong province, is known as the Water City. The city of Liaocheng has an area of 8,715 kilometers with a population of more than 5 million people. Liaocheng is historically and culturally rich. Many extraordinary people such as Ji Xianlin and Zhang Zizhong, a master of traditional Chinese painting and a national hero respectively have influenced the Chinese culture. Tourists who are interested in cultural arts and breath-taking views will fall in love with Liaocheng. There are over 400 places of historic interests, natural scenery and entertainment to satisfy different tourist needs.

For people who are interested in history, they could pay a visit to The China Canal Culture Museum. Here they will get a chance to learn the history of how canals are built in china. As many people may be unaware of the fact that china is the first country that constructs canals. When visiting the Canal Museum, tourists will gain an understanding on the type of technology used during the time it was built and be amazed on how the development of the canal was made with tools used in those times compared to today.

Tourists who are all about having a relaxing trip and snapping tons of pictures have to visit the Dongchang Lake Scenic Area. Tourists can’t keep their fingers off the camera due to the magnificent sunset view of the 16 kilometers lake. This is one of the hotspots attractions in Liaocheng. Based on the season, different shades of light will be projected by the lake. Dongchang Lake portrays a reflection of Liaocheng’s characters of “Water, Ancientry, and Culture”. A visit to this place will give tourists a Zen like experience and bring peace to their hearts.

Tourists who are adventurous at heart would like to visit The Jingyang Ridge. They will be able to explore the “Tiger Growl Pavilion,” the place where Wusong, a famous character in Chinese literature, kills the tiger. However, if you are feeling thirsty during the trip, you can always take a visit to the Village wine shops, tourists are able to get a taste of the food culture of Shui Hu by sipping wines produced locally.

As for the tourists who are food lovers, Liaocheng provides a variety
of categories of food. For a light snack in the day, the Jellied Bean Curd will be able to satisfy any sweet cravings. The soft and tender texture of the soup makes it easy and delicious to eat be it a restaurant or on the go. The soup produces a light oily fragrance that is not greasy with a slight taste of meat.

For those who are interested in the more exotic and historical meal, they could try the Laicheng Guada Pancake and Wei’s Smoked Chicken. These two meals have been in the tradition for more than 100 years. With the Laicheng Guada Pancake having a history of more than 200 years and the Wei’s Smoked Chicken, also known as the “Laicheng Iron Cock” having being cooked by restaurants in Liaocheng for more than 180 years. Both of these two meals are cooked with care and with specific choice of ingredients which makes it special.

Local Delicacies
Wei Smoked Chicken

Created by Wei Yongtai of Beiguan in 1810 (the 15th year of the Jiaqing reign period of the Qing Dynasty), the smoked chicken has tender meat, crisp bones, a bright color and a delicious taste.

Gaotang Donkey Meat

Meticulously prepared with high-quality meat, and more than 30 kinds of seasonings and perfume, such as the root of herbaceous peony, lilac, the rhizome of chuanxiong, and the bark of eucommja, the donkey meat is soft, aromatic, and delicious. As early as in the Northern Song Dynasty, Gaotang donkey meat was considered a delicacy.

Wudalang Biscuit with Pickle

Wudalang Biscuit with Pickle is the famous local food, golden and soft outside and delicious inside. The ingredients consist of ginger, shallot, peanut oil, soy sauce, anise, etc. It is cooked by steam. The pickle is from Luxi, tastes a little bit salty.
This is a unique food that you can only try in Liaocheng city, so don’t miss this tasty and special local food!

Shumai

Shumai is a type of traditional Chinese dumpling and is served as Dim Sum. Linquing Shumai has more than 100 year history, and is one of the four famous local foods of Liaocheng. The shape looks like the pomegranate; the wrapping is very thin and inside is the meat, seafood or mushroom…etc. It is cooked by steam, and tastes delicious!

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Shandong Liaocheng: Can't Miss Events
Yanggu Cai Lun Papermaking Festival

The festival is a folk activity integrating commemorative activities, meetings and agricultural products fairs. Since ancient times, every family of the Luzhuang Village in Shifo Town, Yanggu County has made paper by adopting the primitive way. The people of Luzhuang Village regard Cai Lun as their ancestor.

On the 17th day of the third lunar month, (the birthday of Cai Lun), they hold a five-day meeting to commemorate Cai Lun, in addition to theatrical performances and solemn memorial ceremonies.

Water Culture Festival

The theme of the Water Festival is about water culture, since Liaocheng is also known as the water town/ city. The festival is being held in Liaocheng Water Plaza, start form May 10th to the end of the year. Tourists can see some entertainment shows which include traditional folk songs, dance show, traditional music concert …and so on. The festival will also hold a series of water events and activities. For example, the Swimming and Dragon Boat Competition in June, International Summer Water Town Carnival in August, International Water Culture and Eco Culture Conference in September, Hot Spring Event in October and Ice Event in December. These festivals already developed the good reputation and attracted many tourists to come.

Shandong Liaocheng Attractions

Liaocheng is also known as “Phoenix City.” It is home to the largest inland lake in North China—Dongchang Lake. Liaocheng is also famous for the Dongchang opera, paper cutting, and flour figurines. Don’t miss out on some of the city’s most famous local food such as fried fruit and donkey meat.

Tour Ideas
Suggested 1-Day Tour
Morning:
Tour of the beautiful Dongchang Lake

Take a tour of the beautiful Dongchang Lake. This is the only lake in the book Outlaws of Marsh that still exists today. Feel free to stroll its banks or take a boat out to enjoy the lake view. It will make you feel like one of the characters from the book. From here, you can depart to the Outlaws of Marsh film studio.

Afternoon:
Visit the Outlaws of Marsh film studio

Visit the Outlaws of Marsh film studio and grab your lunch in the old city area. If you ever wanted to view ancient Chinese architecture, this is the place. The entire studio was built in an ancient architectural style. If you are lucky, you may also run into some famous Chinese movie stars!

Guangyue Tower

Standing in the center of Dongchangfu District, this tower is a key historical site in westShandong and a symbolized architecture of Liaocheng. First constructed in 1374 (the seventh year of the Hongwu reign period of the Ming Dynasty), it is one of the oldest and most magnificent wooden towers and pavilions in China. An old saying goes: “Even Yellow Crane Tower and Yuyang Tower pay homage to it.” Guangyue Tower has four-layer eaves, cross ridges, a base and four stories. It houses tablet inscriptions and horizontal inscribed boards by Emperor Qianlong and famous personages. In June 1998, it was named as a key historical monument under state protection.

Shanxi-Shaanxi Guildhall

On the western bank of the Beijing-Hangzhou Canal in Dongguan Shuangjie,Dongchangfu District, Liaocheng City, this guildhall is a key historical monument under state protection. The construction of the hall started in 1743 (the eighth year of theQianlong reign period of the Qing Dynasty) and was completed in 1809 (the 14th year of the Jiaqing reign period), lasting 66 years. It witnessed Liaocheng’s advanced commerce and prosperous economy in history. The guildhall consists of the gate, a stage, drum and bell towers, southern and northern observation towers, southern and northern tablet pavilions, Guandi Temple, Spring and Autumn pavilions, displaying traditional Chinese culture and gorgeous decoration. The stone, wood and brick carvings and paintings in the guildhall show high skills,  an unusual structure, and an extraordinary design.

Iron Pagoda

On the western bank of the Dongguan Canal in Dongchangfu, Liaocheng, this pagoda was first constructed in the Song Dynasty, and is the oldest architecture in Liaocheng. This octagonal Buddhist pagoda has 12 stories, and consists of the base and the body. The four sides of the base are carved with life-like figures, flowers, grasses, cranes, phoenixes and turtles with wings. The body is made of wood-like iron, and was cast story by story.

Pagoda for Buddhist Relics

Standing on the eastern bank of the Wei Canal, northwest of Linqing City, this pagoda is a key historical monument under state protection. First constructed in 1611 (the 39th year of the Wanli reign period of the Ming Dynasty), it is an octagonal pagoda with a post and panel structure with nine stories and eight sides. It is over a quarter mile high, large at the bottom and small at the top. This gorgeous pagoda for Buddhist relics has a helmet-shaped top, rarely seen in China.

Mosque

This mosque, which lies on the eastern bank of the Wei Canal in the west of Linqing City, is a key historical monument under state protection, and one of the 10 major mosques in China. No records reveal when this mosque was first constructed, but it was renovated in the Ming (1368-1644) andQing (1636-1912) dynasties, respectively. This mosque consists of the Moon Observation Tower, Grand Hall, corner pavilions, a preaching hall and bathing rooms. The mosque is a perfect combination of Arabian and Chinese architectural styles.

Jingyang

Jingyang Hillock is a 3A tourist zone and is located in Zhangqiu Town east of the seat of Yanggu County. Legend has it that Wu Song killed a tiger in the hillock as described in the Outlaws of the Marsh. It is also the ruins of Longshan culture. It has a total area of 124 miles, of which 62 miles is taken up by water. Over 20 tourist attractions can be found in the hillock, such as the wineshop,  Mountain God Temple, the site where Wu Song killed the tiger, stone tablets, Tiger Roaring Pavilion, and Monkey Hill.

Cao Zhi’s Tomb

Lying at the western foot of Fish Mountain in Dong’e County, Cao Zhi’s Tomb is a historical monument under state protection. This tomb was constructed in 233 (the seventh year of the Taihe reign period of the Wei Dynasty). Cao Zhi (192-232) was a son of Cao Cao, Emperor Wu of the Wei Dynasty, and an outstanding representative of the Jian’an literature. In 229 (the third year of the Taihe reign period of the Wei Dynasty), he was given the title of Prince Dong’e. His tomb lies at the foot of a mountain and byYangmao Terrace, where Cao Zhi once read books.

Shandong Liaocheng Activities

Liaocheng is an enchanting water town. When you overlook the town, you can see that the view of the town is completely surrounded by water. Liaocheng is a charming, peaceful, picturesque city that you cannot miss.

Dongchang Lake Tourist Attraction

Dongchang Lake Tourist Attraction is an ancient town. In the middle of the town is a square plaza, vertical cross streets which look like a chessboard. Additionally, the town is surrounded by the water and the water is also surrounded with the town. This unique view can be only seen in here. There are some famous and historical architecture in Doungshang Lake Tourist attraction, and one of the most famous is Guangyu Pavilion.

Guangyu Pavilion is located in the middle of the old town; it already has a thousand year history. It is the largest Ming Dynasty architecture and it is a transition to a representative of the Ming and Qing architecture. There are a total of 112 stairs, 192 golden columns and 200 arches. The building is sumptuous; the sculpture of the building is quiet exquisite. Also, you can see many paintings and couplets inside the building. The lake park is like a green silk ribbon along the western side of the lake. The park was illuminated by colorful lights, and the scenery is beautiful beyond the description at night. The lake is quite clean and it holds many different types of water activities and events.

Shanxi-Shaanxi Guildhall

Shanxi-Shannxi Guildhall is located beside the old canal. The guildhall is full of culture and is very historical. It combines three traditional Chinese cultures and thoughts, which are Confucianism, Doctrine, and Buddhism. Shanxi-Shannxi Guildhall is the history of Liaocheng commercial development and economic prosperity witness. The guildhall was invested and built by Shanxi businessmen. The guildhall had been built for 16 years. The entire guildhall consists of 160 rooms.

Shanxi-Shannxi Guildhall is also known as the masterpiece of the Chinese ancient architecture since its stone carvings, wood carvings, brick carvings and paintings can be seen as Chinese architectural art boutique. Therefore, Shanxi-Shannxi Guildhall is valuable in significance for studying the history of China’s ancient architecture, business history, Calligraphy, painting, sculpture, the history of the canal, and art history to produce seeds of capitalism Qing factors with high information value and significance.

Dong A A Jiao Regimen Culture Park

Dong-A-A-Jiao Regimen Culture Park is operated by Doung, a county government and Shandong Dong-A-A-Jiao Company. Furthermore, the park is also known as a National 4A Tourist Attraction.

The park manly demonstrates the three thousand year history, medical culture and regimen culture. The first part of Dong-A-A-Jiao Regimen Culture Park a movie amuseument park. The overall architecture style reflects the characteristics of the time of the late Qing Dynasty and early Public era . The environement is graceful and scenic and the lake is scenic. There were two Chinese dramas that had been filmed and completed in the park.

The second part is a regimen resort. The theme is the regimen culture and Public ear’s culture, character and style.  The resort offers food and beverage, a shopping mall, entertaiment activities, etc. Toursits can experience the traditional remigin culture and food here. This will be an unique and memrable experiece for tourists. These features create the attractive, picturesque, and interesting Dong-A-A-Jiao Regimen Culture Park.

Jingyang Tourist Attraction

Jingyang Tourist Attraction is famous for a Chinese story, Water Margin. In the story, Wusong fights the terrible, huge tiger. Main tourist attractions are Wusong Temple, Mountain God Temple, Hunting House, the wrestle place where Wusong fights the tiger and Jingyang Lake. Tourists can also go fishing, swaying boats, watching traditional entertainment shows, such as folk songs, Kung Fu show…etc. Jingyang Tourist Attraction combines the tourism and recreation, the nature view is quiet peaceful and beautiful, it is a great place for tourists to go to relax and learn more about the famous Chinese story.

Lion Pavilion Tourist Attraction

Lion Pavilion tourist attraction is based on the historical and cultural background of Song Dynasty. The tourist attraction is located in downtown which is very convenient for tourists to go to visit. Lion Pavilion tourist attraction is an important tourist attraction and is also known as the “Thousands Year Ancient Town.”

The scenic area is quiet large, main tourist spots include the “Water Margin” cultural district and the Song government building. Moreover, the area displays the political, economic and cultural featuring architecture and folk customs of Song Dynasty.

Lion Pavilion tourist attraction combines tourism, leisure and recreation, culture, history, seminars, and film shooting, it is an integrated tourist attractions. Coming to visit Lion Pavilion tourist attraction.

Liaocheng Dongchang Carving Gourd Art

Tangyi gourd carving began in Song Dynasty, matured and was getting popular in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The carving gourd art is also known as “Chinese National Intangible Cultural Heritage”, Tabgyi was also named as “Hometown of Chinese culture and art gourd carving.” The carving art is extremely complicated, difficult, and complex. In order to pass down Dongchang carving gourd art, the carving gourd art exhibition is being held regularly. Furthermore, the government is planning to build “Fairmont gourd Street” which is a platform for developing the carving gourd art.

Langzhuang Dough Sculpture

Langzhuang Dough Sculpture is traditional art handcraft. Coloring is often of the large surface such as red, yellow and green. The color compared to the large and varied line to make dough lively. It is also known as “Chinese folk art in a wonderful work.” The procedure of dough sculpture is the dough, cooking, glue, painting color and last step is to dry. Tourists can also create their own unique dough sculpture.

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Crisp Jujube

As a famous traditional food, Liaocheng has produced crisp jujubes for over 160 years. The process for making crisp jujubes is quite complicated: first select large and round jujubes, soak them in water, clean them, dry them in the sun, and bake them dry. Crisp jujubes have a special taste and contain a large amount of protein, calcium, iron and other materials indispensable to the human body. Taking such jujubes regularly can help people improve vital energy and blood, nourish yin and warm the stomach.

Linqing Lion Cat

The Hui people in Linqing cross-bred white Persian  and local cats over 300 years ago, and created the Linqing Lion cat, which looks like a small lion.

Fermented Bean Curd to the Capital

Fermented Bean Curd is a traditional product of Linqing Jimei Sauce and Pickle Shop, with a history of over 200 years. Legend has it that when Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty went to the south by boat along the Grand Canal, he disembarked at Phoenix Ridge in Linqing. Local officials presented red fermented bean curds produced by Jimei Sauce and Pickle Shop to the emperor. The emperor liked the fermented bean curd so much that he named the fermented bean curd as a tribute.

Dong A-A Jiao

Dong A-A Jiao has more than 2,500 year history; and it is also known as “Super Medicine.” It has also won the “National Gold Medal”, “International Gold Award”, and the “National Customer Satisfaction Product.” The company sells different kinds of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, health-care product and healthy food. All ingredients accord with the standard of National GPA requirement. It is a healthy food and it also has medicinal values for some people. It is good for skin, to extend the length of life, refresh blood, etc.

Shandong Liaocheng Planning
Train

Access from the Beijing-Kowloon Railway that runs through China from south to north, and the Qingdao-Jinan-Handan Railway and Expressway. For information call 0635-8492522.

Bus

Long-distance buses operate regularly from Liaocheng to Jinan, Qufu, Tai’an, Dongying, Qingdao,Yantai, Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai. For information call 0635-8320982.

Urban Transport
  • Bus No.1 goes directly to Guangyue Tower, Haiyuan Pavilion, Fan Zhuxian Memorial Hall, Iron Pagoda and other tourist attractions.
  • Tourists may go visit the ShanxiShaanxi Guildhall by boat or by No. 12 bus.
  • Bus No. 2 and 7 go to Aotou (Turtle Head) Rock, Banknote Pass on the Canal, and the Pagoda for Buddhist Relics, via the railway station and the bus terminal.